Sunday 26 October 2014

Mel B finally confirmed as fourth X Factor judge

Published 11/06/2014 | 16:20

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Singer Mel B speaks onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. iHeartRadio Music Awards are being broadcast live on NBC.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Singer Mel B speaks onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. iHeartRadio Music Awards are being broadcast live on NBC. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
X Factor job for 'feisty' Mel B
X Factor job for 'feisty' Mel B

New X Factor judge Mel B has taken the final spot on the new judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole.

The straight-talking former Spice Girl, who appeared as a guest judge on the ITV show in 2012, said she was "so excited" to be coming back and is reported to have signed a deal worth £1 million.

She said: "I've always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that's what I'm going to bring more of this year - whether it's spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who's got it wrong. Now I can't wait to get started and find some amazing talent."

The 39-year-old, who has also appeared on America's Got Talent and Australian X Factor, is currently in Sydney working as a judge on talent show The Voice Kids.

Simon said he was "thrilled" by the appointment, saying: "I thought she was fantastic as a guest judge a couple of years ago. She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor."

Filming on the new series starts next week with auditions in Manchester, London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

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